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Maid Brigade Announces Franchisee Award Winners »

July 29, 2014 at 12:13PM PDT | Source: Maid Brigade

Green Cleaning Franchise Honors Top Two Franchisees During Annual Convention
July 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA - Maid Brigade, the green cleaning franchisor with more than 400 locations, honored their top two franchisees with "Franchisee of the Year" and "New Franchisee of the Year" awards during the company's annual convention held July 18 in Sonoma, Calif. Award winners were chosen based on top sales performance during the past year along with their commitment to customer service and local community stewardship.
"These outstanding award winners demonstrate a firm commitment to quality and customer service, making them the two standout franchisees of our organization," says Bart Puett, president of Maid Brigade. "With an inspiring dedication to the areas in which they serve, they balance a drive to build their business while supporting their local communities...

Sotheby's International Realty Brand Enters India »

July 29, 2014 at 12:10PM PDT | Source: Sotheby's International Realty

July 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // MADISON, N.J. - Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced it has signed an agreement with RealPro Infra Private Ltd. to develop the Sotheby's International Realty® brand in North India with the opening of North India Sotheby's International Realty.
Amit Goyal is co-owner and chief executive officer of the firm, which will serve the luxury residential real estate market throughout Northern India. The first office begins operations in September 2014 in New Delhi followed by Gurgaon, Noida, Chandigarh and Jaipur.
"Northern India is one of the most exciting, beautiful and fastest growing markets in the world, with a developing luxury real estate market," said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC...

A Sweet Escape: Genghis Grill Chills Out With New Strawberry Summer Drinks »

July 29, 2014 at 11:31AM PDT | Source: Genghis Grill

Popular Asian Stir-Fry Concept Debuts Seasonal Beverage Offerings this Week
July 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS, TX – Genghis Grill, America's premier build-your-own stir-fry concept, announced today the limited launch of three thirst quenchers designed to send taste buds into pure strawberry bliss.
Available at restaurants nationwide for just $2.99 each, the new Strawberry Summer line features cool blends of tea, mango, lemonade and watermelon along with refreshing strawberry tones. Infused with Finest Call's fruit-intensive, naturally sweetened puree mixes, these beverages are sure to help beat the heat.
But don't let the dog days of summer slow you down – these sun-kissed pick-me-ups are only available through Sept...

Cold Stone Creamery Expands Into Kenya »

July 29, 2014 at 11:14AM PDT | Source: Cold Stone Creamery

The Ultimate Ice Cream Experience arrives in East Africa introducing Kenyans to the Luxury Ice Cream Brand
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The Cold Stone Creamery® brand continues to pave its way internationally with its newest locations in Kenya. Kahala Brands™, the parent company of Cold Stone Creamery, has signed a 10-year Master Franchise Agreement with Om Nom Nom Mauritius Ltd. (ONN Ltd.) in Kenya. There are seven stores slated to open over a five-year period and the first location will be in the capital city of Nairobi, scheduled to open in late September 2014.
"Om Nom Nom has a great understanding of the Kenyan market as their experience in the Food & Beverage industry is vast," said Eddy Jimenez, senior vice president of international operations and development at Kahala Brands...

New Sears Hometown Store Opens In Shawnee »

July 29, 2014 at 11:01AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Offers Top Brand Home Appliances, Lawn and Garden Equipment, Tools, Mattresses, and More at Guaranteed Lowest Price
SHAWNEE, Okla. - July 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) will open its newest Oklahoma Sears Hometown Store on July 30, 2014 at 4901 N. Kickapoo Street, Suite 3001, in Shawnee.
The Shawnee location marks the sixth opening of a new Sears Hometown Store this year and the 16th opening of a new store across all of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores formats. Unlike most retail concepts, Sears Hometown Stores combine the value, selection and services associated with larger retail stores but are owned and operated by a member of the local community.
"We look forward to providing the Shawnee community the largest selection of home appliances, tools, and lawn and garden equipment at the lowest possible price," said Ryan Guyer, local owner of the new Sears Hometown Store in Shawnee...

Fatburger And Buffalo's Express Open In Beverly Hills »

July 29, 2014 at 10:45AM PDT | Source: Fatburger

Sister Brands Continue to Expand with New California Location
July 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES – Fatburger, famous for their fresh, juicy, lean-beef made-to-order burgers, and Buffalo's Express, the all-American, chicken wing brand, have opened a co-branded location in their own backyard, Beverly Hills. Based in Beverly Hills, the sister brands deliver a complete dining experience with a diverse menu full of appetizing options to satisfy every craving.
The newest location offers classic mouthwatering Fatburger customized burgers ranging in size from small to XXX Large, which can be prepared with tasty toppings such as eggs, bacon and chili. Every delectable burger can be paired with a variety of sides including hand-battered onion rings and creamy hand-scooped milkshakes...

GNC Holdings, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results »

July 29, 2014 at 10:09AM PDT | Source: GNC

EPS increases 5.5% in the Second Quarter to $0.77 Compared to Second Quarter 2013 EPS of $0.73
Revenue decreases 0.2% in the Second Quarter
Same Store Sales - on a product only basis - decrease 4.0% in the Second Quarter
PITTSBURGH, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GNC) (the "Company"), a leading global specialty retailer of health and wellness products, today reported its financial results for the quarter and year-to-date period ended June 30, 2014.
Second Quarter Performance
For the second quarter of 2014, the Company reported consolidated revenue of $675.2 million, a decrease of 0.2% as compared to consolidated revenue of $676.3 million for the second quarter of 2013. Revenue increased in the Company's retail segment by 0...

Keller Williams Realty Stafford/Quantico, VA Relaunch Under New Ownership - Management »

July 29, 2014 at 10:01AM PDT | Source: Keller Williams Realty

STAFFORD, Va. - July 29, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Keller Williams, the largest real estate franchise by agent count in North America, announced today its relaunch of its Keller Williams Market Center in Stafford, VA. This premier Market Center is now under new ownership and management. It has expanded its network to the Quantico, and Southern end of Prince William County.
Stafford Keller Williams is led by Operating Principal Pam Martin and Team Leader Mary Jo Miller, who are excited to continue to offer Stafford, Dumfries, Fredericksburg and all other surrounding areas exceptional service to buyers and sellers.
"Keller Williams is excited about relaunching the Stafford Keller Williams office," said CEO Mark Willis. "Our company has a policy of limiting its market presence by selecting only the premier partners in any given area...

Franchise Owner Opens Third Dickey's Barbecue Pit In Frisco »

July 29, 2014 at 9:47AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit
Dickey's Barbecue Pit Opportunities Available

Newest Texas Location Hosts Barbecue Celebration including Free Barbecue for a Year Giveaways
July 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // Frisco, TX - On Thursday, July 31 at 11 a.m., Frisco residents will get a new fast-casual dining option when Dickey's Barbecue Pit opens. The newest Dallas-Fort Worth location neighbors Frisco's Fieldhouse USA, an indoor sports facility. To celebrate, the new location will throw a three-day grand opening event. The first 50 guests will receive gift cards worth up to $50.
Friday, the party continues with radio station 99.5 The Wolf, who will be on site from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This location will be serving $2 pulled pork barbecue sandwiches. Also, one lucky winner will be chosen for a $500 gift card and three winners will receive free barbecue for an entire year...

New Sears Hometown Store Opens In Swanzey/Keene »

July 29, 2014 at 9:45AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Offers Top Brand Home Appliances, Lawn and Garden Equipment, Tools, Mattresses, and More at Guaranteed Lowest Price
SWANZEY, N.H. - July 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) will open its newest New Hampshire Sears Hometown Store on July 31, 2014 at 15 W. Swanzey Road in Swanzey.
The Swanzey location marks the seventh opening of a new Sears Hometown Store this year and the 17th opening of a new store across all of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores formats.
"We're both proud and excited to fulfill high consumer demand for Sears Hometown Stores in the Swanzey/Keene area and to become a staple in the community," stated Mike Habiby, store manager of the new Sears Hometown in Swanzey...

Long John Silver's Celebrates 45 Years With Free Fish Fry »

July 29, 2014 at 9:27AM PDT | Source: Long John Silver's

World's Largest Seafood Brand to Serve Free Fish & Fries Saturday, August 2nd
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - July 29, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Long John Silver's, the world's largest quick service seafood brand, welcomes America back for another community Fish Fry to celebrate 45 years of delicious, affordable seafood. On Saturday, August 2nd, visitors to participating Long John Silver's locations from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM will receive one crispy golden fish filet and a serving of natural-cut fries completely free of charge. The offer is limited to one per person, and is available for dine-in or carryout only (drive-thru is excluded) at participating locations.
"Most folks love a fish fry, so we're bringing our communities together again on Saturday to share a meal and experience why Long John Silver's is America's Fish Fry...

MassageLuXe Franchise Announces 2014 Expansion »

July 29, 2014 at 9:22AM PDT | Source: MassageLuXe

ST. LOUIS - July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - MassageLuXe was created by Todd Beckman, a man who had the drive and the ability to see that he could bring his idea of pure relaxation, stress reduction, and massage therapies to average income levels. That idea, his experience with other successful franchise companies like The Tan Company, and the professionalism given to both clients and franchisees has vaulted both Tan Company and MassageLuXe into the stratosphere as far as franchise companies are concerned.
The St. Louis based MassageLuXe brand has been a part of the Missouri landscape since 2008. The loyal base of consumers has continued to help grow the franchise to include seven other states and 22 additional locations since the 2008 start...

Three's A Charm! Wyndham Hotels And Resorts Offers Three More Reasons To Stay »

July 29, 2014 at 9:12AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

Free breakfast, Free Internet and 2,000 Bonus Wyndham Rewards Points
July 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – For those who have yet to book their summer travel, the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® brand is offering three more reasons to book that trip right now: free breakfast, free Internet and 2,000 bonus Wyndham Rewards® points.
Now through Sept. 2, 2014, members of the free-to-join Wyndham Rewards program who book a qualified stay at any participating Wyndham hotel through the brand's website, www.wyndham.com, will be treated to a free daily breakfast for two, free internet access for the duration of their stay and will earn 2,000 Wyndham Rewards bonus points redeemable for free hotel nights, gift cards, brand name merchandise and more...

Mr. Electric Announces Partnership With Bright Vision LED »

July 29, 2014 at 8:45AM PDT | Source: Mr. Electric

WACO, TX - (Marketwired - July 29, 2014) - Mr. Electric, a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group®, Inc., has announced today their partnership with Bright Vision LED, a Genesis Energy Management Company partner, to enhance customers service across the U.S. and Canada.
Mr. Electric is a nationally recognized franchise company that provides residential and commercial electrical and lighting services in the U.S. and Canada. Mr. Electric is focused on and committed to providing the best business to customer experience. Mr. Electric electricians are specialized in residential kitchen, bath and outdoor lighting and installation services, code updates to meet regulated guidelines and many other home electrical services.
Commercial services by Mr...

Great American Deals Set To Soar In Second Half Of 2014 »

July 29, 2014 at 8:31AM PDT | Source: Great American Deals

Star Power and Community Bonds Position Hyper-Local Daily Deal Site for Amplified Franchise Growth into Key U.S. Markets
Keeping Local Businesses Bustling, More Cash in Consumers' Pockets and Community-Based Organizations Funded
July 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Great American Deals is a modern marketing triple threat that is unquestionably on the cusp of extraordinary U.S. expansion.
The hyper-local daily deal business, which harnesses advanced web and email technologies to simplify savings for consumers and marketing for Main St. businesses, is building upon momentum from the first half of 2014 to expand even further throughout the nation. Blending proven marketing programs, huge consumer savings and remarkable neighborhood giveback opportunities, Great American deals hits on what matters most in communities across the country today...

Wingstop’s Strong Second Quarter Sustains Industry-Leading Momentum »

July 29, 2014 at 8:12AM PDT | Source: Wingstop Restaurants Inc.
Wingstop Restaurants Inc. Opportunities Available


Same store sales increase 15.3 percent
Development agreements for 138 new restaurants sets record

July 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – Wingstop soared to new heights in the second quarter of 2014. Building off their incredible first quarter growth, Wingstop continued to significantly outperform industry averages with a 15.3 percent increase in same store sales growth.
In addition, Wingstop signed 20 new domestic development agreements in the second quarter for 61 new restaurants, propelling development agreements in the first six months of 2014 to a record-setting 138 restaurants. The company also opened 31 restaurants for the quarter and 19 of those restaurants in the month of June, the most openings for any month in Wingstop's 20-year history...

Cousins Subs® Announces Winner Of Free Subs For A Year »

July 29, 2014 at 7:58AM PDT | Source: Cousins Subs

'Go Hog Wild' Contest Winner Features a Guest Skydiving with a Cousins Sub
July 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // MILWAUKEE – Cousins Subs® has named Gabrielle Lulloff of Oshkosh, Wis., as the grand prize winner of its #GOHOGWILD contest. Lulloff will receive free Cousins Subs for one year. Throughout the 10-week contest period, guests were encouraged to capture their inner hog with a photo of themselves or their friends devouring Cousins' limited-time-only subs, the Cubano or the Pulled Pork and Slaw.
"I am honored to be the winner of the #GOHOGWILD contest," said Lulloff. "My love for Cousins Subs - especially the Cubano - and my passion for marketing helped me achieve this distinguished prize. I already make weekly visits to my local Cousins store, so it only made sense that I try my hardest to win free subs for a year!"
The #GOHOGWILD contest brought in more than 100 entries...

How Do You Roll? Rollin Into Southern California »

July 29, 2014 at 7:51AM PDT | Source: How Do You Roll?
How Do You Roll? Opportunities Available

July 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // How Do You Roll? recently signed an agreement with MMLS Holdings, LLC to become its newest Area Representative for Southern California. Headed by Avi Shafshak, MMLS Holdings, LLC will develop 35 units over the next 10 years.
"As a business owner I find it exciting to be part of an up and coming brand," said Shafshak. "By being an area rep for a large territory like Southern California, I hold a large part of the success of the brand building which is something I like to do."
Shafshak will represent How Do You Roll? in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Shafskak has agreed to build out the first three units himself to break into the Southern California region.
"From the first phone call to the day of signing, everyone at corporate has been helpful, encouraging, and willing to do whatever is needed to see the company and franchisees succeed," Shafshak said...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Eco-Wise Element Brand To Debut In Syracuse, New York »

July 29, 2014 at 7:36AM PDT | Source: Element Hotels

Element Syracuse Inner Harbor to open in 2018 next to Aloft Syracuse Inner Harbor in the City’s Revitalized Waterfront District
STAMFORD, Conn. - July 29, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that its trailblazing Element brand is headed to Syracuse, New York. Element Syracuse Inner Harbor will open in early 2018 as part of a massive waterfront redevelopment project along the former Barge Canal. Element Syracuse Inner Harbor will be located adjacent to Aloft Syracuse Inner Harbor, which is set to open in 2015. Both hotels are owned and developed by COR Development Company, LLC, and will be managed by Real Hospitality Group.
"The Element brand is a great choice for the vibrant city of Syracuse and will provide visitors with a smart, sustainable extended stay option within the city’s redeveloped waterfront district," said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood...

Russo's Restaurants Targets Growth In Houston Area »

July 29, 2014 at 7:22AM PDT | Source: Russo's New York Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen
Russo's New York Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen Opportunities Available

Authentic Italian Fast-Casual Pizzeria and Refined Coal-Fired Kitchen Concepts Further Strategic Expansion Plan
July 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // HOUSTON - Russo's Restaurants, the family of dining concepts that includes Russo's New York Pizzeria and Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, announced today plans to significantly enhance the brands' footprint in Houston and the surrounding areas.
Demonstrating the excitement around both brands, Russo's opened the company's first location in Conroe, Texas in July. An additional 10-12 restaurants are planned to open this year in key Texas markets like Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin. Currently, there are 25 Russo's Restaurants in development.
"We've exceeded our growth goals," said Chef Anthony Russo, a formally trained chef who opened his first Russo's New York Pizzeria in 1992 and later developed Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen...



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